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carlson. sorry kids. you don't have to go to school today. michigan teachers fighting against the bill that gives workers the right to not pay dues. >> steve: washington can't find a solution to the fiscal cliff . but someone who fixed budgets in the past know it is simple. >> if i raise taxes again i will have to do it in two or four years . people are going to leave. >> steve: find out how america's mayor did it straight ahead. straight ahead. feel a cold coming on? gretchen, you will be better in no time. we'll drink to that. >> you will be better in no time and all of my teases will rhyme today. "fox and friends" starts right now. ♪ ♪ "fox and friends". >> steve: ho, ho, hompt look who is here today eric boling. >> gretchen: you get your own personal lurch. >> eric: good to be here. >> steve: you will find out how booze, beer and wine can make you healthier. the news we have all waited for. >> gretchen: yeah, a lot of people waking up with a headache. now it makes sense why i drank so much last night. overnight a developing story. a medical chopper went down last night leaving
tonight in the state of michigan. it's seriously astonishing stuff. we'll get very deep into it. but there is another equally if not more seismic political story tonight out of washington. and that is where we begin. today will be seen, remembered, as a huge day in the republican party's continuance of war. something really big happened. south carolina senator jim demint announced today he'll be leaving the senate. he'll not be there anymore. he's leaving to head a think tank called the heritage foundation where he stands to make something like ten times his current salary. yay for jim demint, good money. kind of. it's good for him, but it's really good for his colleague, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell. you see, jim demint is not your ordinary senator. he's like the grover norquist of the senate. he's the guy the other republican senators are really afraid of. and that is because more so than anyone else and definitely more than any other republican politician, demint is behind the tea party strategy of purifying the republican party in the cleansing fire of party prim
's hope so. dan lothian for us this morning at the white house. thanks, dan. >>> in michigan unions are bracing for what could be a crippling blow to organized labor. >> ho ho, right to work has got to go. >> michigan, of course, is home to the united auto workers. it is one of the most heavily unionized states in the country. now a lame duck session of the legislature is preparing to pass a sweeping new right to work bill that would severely undermine union power. cnn's alison kosik joins us live from lansing, michigan. alison, i know this was a surprise to some in michigan because governor rick snyder did a bit of an about face on this issue. >> reporter: and some are accusing the governor of really pushing this issue through the state house, and clearly they're not happy with it. you can see how unhappy those opposed to this bill are, just looking at the sheer number of demonstrators who came out last week and are expected to come out this week. thousands are expected to come out between today and tomorrow. president of one teachers union who we spoke with put it this way. she sa
>>> good morning, everybody, good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. today michigan lawmakers are expected to begin casting the final votes on legislation critics say will be a major blow to organized labor. the right-to-work debate is expected to draw large protests at the state capitol. governor rick snyder in a reversal says he will sign the bill into law as soon as it hits his desk. in michigan yesterday, president obama said the law was politically driven. susan mcginnis is in washington with details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, the governor now says he wants the economic boost that the law would bring, the jobs and the companies that would locate there, but many disagree. workers say it's going to push down their pay and benefits and weaken unions. police stand shoulder to shoulder preparing for as many as 10,000 protesters at the michigan state capitol today. >> people have a constitutional right to demonstrate. however, all we ask is that they do it in an orderly, lawful, and civil manner. >> reporter: state legislators vote this morning on a right-to-work
of the united states steps into a very intense political fight in michigan and he's definitely taking sides. we're also looking into what's behind the dramatically lower prices showing up at gas stations near you. and life-saving television. we have an amazing look at an underground tv channel run by rebel fighters in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama getting into a new fight with republicans and it's a fight he may actually lose. this afternoon in detroit, the president blasted a package of anti-union bills. michigan republicans, governor, is ush pushing through his state's legislature. >> what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. >> even though the cheering went on for nearly half a minute, it looks like those anti-union bills may, in fact, have enough support to pass michigan's legislature, despite union threats of massive demonstrations. cnn's alison kosik is in the capital, lanc
that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. on the heels of the michigan's right-to-work law. union leaders are focusing on upcoming gubernatorial elections. at the same time, looking at options on how to appeal the laws already in effect. the huffington post points out there's a slew of lawsuits, citizen's initiative, repealing legislation and line item veto. opponents' right-to-work laws are formulating a strategy of their own. if they got michigan perhaps this is where they'd move next. the top five states with unionized workforces. joining me democratic strategy steven albendor. high taxpayer debt could be the next after michigan. which next state might be in the cross hairs? >> the most interesting thing to me, indiana started this trend. all businesses started locating towards indiana. i'm originally from illinois. operations like a right-to-work state like indiana and now michigan, that puts a lot of pressure on people right now mop where are the jobs? essentially this is about jobs. what michigan is trying to do is get more competitive. people are
to have an armed staff member and called gun control advocates naive. michigan will not allowed concealed carry in schools or churches. governor rick snyder vetoed that bill saying public institutions need the legal authority to ban weapons from their building if they choose. on both sides of the aisle opening up the gun control debate. speaker boehner is calling for a republican discussion on guns. in a closed door meeting, he did placate conservatives saying he will not do anything major but it is time to depoliticize the gun issue. the nra is ending its silence planning to hold a major news conference on friday. later this morning, president obama will formally announce his new task force on reducing gun violence. that's led by vice president joe biden. more bill coming up after the break. stay with us. let's rock and roll. there is so much going on that every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, iran getting a nuclear bomb, civil war in syria, fraud on wall street, destruction of medicare and medicaid. there are real issues
delivery issues in several states, including iowa, michigan, wisconsin, and nebraska. it also says contingency plans are in place. we didn't see service advisories on u.p.s.'s website or the postal service website. what's adding to this is really that surge in online shopping i just told you about. it's got a direct impact on the shipping business. these shippers, they just had a huge increase in volume this holiday season, and some of the biggest single days ever. listen to this. u.p.s. says it made 28 million deliveries just last thursday. fedex says it moved 19 million packages on its busiest day. even the postal service says it moved a whopping 658 pieces of mail on december 17th. the weather is complicating issues. packages may arrive late in some places. carol? >> you're right about that. i mailed some packages last thursday, and u.p.s. told me i had a 50-50 chance of them getting there by christmas day. i'm keeping my fingers crossed. >> fingers crossed. >> alison kosik, thank you. >>> we have to talk politics. with the president and congress spending christmas away from was
flint, michigan, you have killed people. having seen first hand the effects of these corporate decisions, the outcry listen, drug abuse, the war suicides, all the social problems that go along with this act of violence, but we do not call it violence and no one has ever been arrested for it, i think it is a real shame. frankly, as an american, this is not how i want to be remembered. >> michael moore, the oscar- winning filmmaker who won the academy award for "bowling for columbine" after the massacre, speaking just hours after the massacre in connecticut. special thanks to filmmaker lorna tucker who is currently working on a documentary with the working title of "leonard peltier: an american prisoner." since friday's massacre in newtown, connecticut, that left 27 dead -- 20 children and six woman who tried to protect them" the national rifle association has been silent the powerful lobbying organization has refused to give interviews on monday, more than 150 gun control advocates marched on the nra's capital hill headquarters. among the more people directly impacted by gun violence. >>
and labor unions. michigan is set to be a right to work state. kelley? >> good morning steve, brian and gretchen. when he speak in michigan today. president obama will be stepping in the middle of i awe heated debate between unions and those who want to make michigan a right to work state. >> hundreds of union workers responding to the republican legislatures push to make michigan the 20th right to work state in the nation. gop lawmakers are expected to pass it. governor rick snyder once called the legislation divisive is backing the plan. >> this is somely focused on their relationship. shouldn't they have an opportunity to belong or not? it is good for economic development for more jobs coming to michigan. >> union workers disagree and argue that mish mishh was built on unions and clam that the gop majority legislature is attacking the middle class. >> it is important. they will try to reconcile the bills and the governor who didn't want the legislation is signing. we'll not stand for it >> over the weekend they continued to prepare members for staging demonstrations against did t
? pull your -- [bleep ] over. alisyn: we have a crazy video clip to show you out of michigan today where a driver, frustrated by what he says is a double standard among police officers takes matters into his own hands. >> you are required by law to wear your seatbelt. put your dam seatbelt on. pull it over. pull your vehicle over, you understand me? now. who the hell do you think you are? pull your. [bleep] over. >> that is steve mclane. he feels strong about this. he's an every day sit even seven twraoeug to pul trying to pull over a detroit police officer who is not wearing his seatbelt. he snapped when the officer laughed off his request, and the officer sped away. he wants the officers to follow the same rules. he could face three months in jail for reckless driving. the citizen cop has pleaded not guilty to the charge and he has no regrets about this incident. he is due back in court next week. there are new developments in a legal challenge for george zimmerman as he takes on nbc universal. zimmerman is charged in the killing of the teenager trayvon martin earlier this year. now he
that michigan's republican controlled house and senate quickly passed controversial right to work bills. the bills limit the right to strike and picket and employees cannot be forced to pay union dues. democrats and union supporters say this is a huge blow to workers' rights. >> it terrifies me that they're trying to pass this through so quickly with no discussion from the other side, no understanding of what's important in it. >> poppy harlow joins us now from lansing. how damaging is this for unions? >> reporter: well, good morning, d don. if you ask the unions, they will tell you this could be extremely damaging to not just the unions, but they say to all of michigan, to all of the workers. that is their perspective. very different from those who support a right to work state. let's break this down for our viewers. what is right to work? in the state of michigan, no union and no employer together could mandate that an employee be part of the union or pay any amount of money to that union. right now, if you work at ford, general motors, chrysler on the line, you've got to be part of t
with me on monday and made one other interview and pushed the national dialogue along. in michigan we interviewed a lob lobbyist for guns who was writing this bill about concealed carry permits, et cetera. this week in the aftermath of sandy hook the governor of michigan, a republican, has vetoed that, will not sign it into law. you know, it takes everybody. it can't be vilifying one side and glorifying another. it has to be a consensus. everybody has to come to the table and put everything on the table. >> christiane, jeff, thank you so much. we'll see if we're talking about this again in january. >> we'll see. >> we better be. it's on us. >> thanks both of you. >>> the gun business is incredibly profitable, estimated 20 million firearms will be sold this year and gun shops report a surge in gun demand after newtown, selling out of the ar-15 style rifle like the one used in the shooting. gun sales have doubled since 2002 as the economy has stagnated gun sales have soared. there are more gun retailers than there are supermarkets and mcdonald's locations in america combined. profits fo
against michigan becoming the nations 24th right to work state. dagen: we should point out, this just gives people the option of opting out from paying union dues. that is all that it does. the governor says he will not take on this divisive issue. low and behold, he is willing to sign it when it shows up on his desk. >> the governor did not want the kind of confrontation with unions, that, for instance, you saw in wisconsin. they put on a referendum on the november ballot saying we want to constitutionally banned the right of right to work. unions defeated the governor, one of the governor's favorite laws which is this emergency manager walt which he is trying to use to desperately save michigan cities that are desperately in trouble, including detroit. connell: he was forced, in your view. he maybe it would not have done it if it was not for that. >> the emergency managers law. connell: the idea that he is in support of it. [talking over each other] connell: is the union movement, you know, is it over, is the tide turning? >> first of all, the second biggest organizing drive in the
with the sierra lamar case. more on this at 7:30. >>> in about an hour from now, president obama flies to michigan to seek support from automakers to get help to avoid thefully. he will be touring a suburb of detroit. it's all part of the rally to rally popular support to raise taxes on the 2% of the wealthiest americans. now, he did meet with house speaker john boehner. the new view some republicans are address. >>> a smoke-free disclosure is expected to pass a key hurdle today. under the proposal landlords would have to tell perspective lenders if the building is smoke-free or optional. a meeting takes place at 1:00. if passed, the ordinance moves on to the full board. >> religious leaders are scheduled to hold a meeting tonight to protect funding for the job center. funding for the west oakland job resource center has come into question amid controversy over plans to put up aloom nateed billboards -- illuminated billboards. those boards were to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to help with the center. >>> you can expect periodic lane closures near the toll plaza on the bay bri
and michigan. there's been hundreds of car accidents in the past 24 hours. >>> and 800 santas, not the real guy, of course, he's busy, but just some folks who like to dress up and run around in the snow at the fourth annual santa claus running competition in germany. >>> when we come back, some of our bravest serving our country and serving well past active duty. that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t. that's right, the one you apply to the underarm. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axiron can transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant, and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puberty in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these signs and symptoms to your doctor if they occur. tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medications. do not use if you have prostate or breast cancer. serious side effects could include increased risk of prostate cancer; worsening prostate symptoms; decreased sperm count; ankl
got a lot of nice, snowy pictures. yesterday, michigan got a shot of about 1 to 3 inches. my hometown of rockford, michigan, michelle is the wife of my best friend's little brother. >> wow. that's beautiful. >> isn't that pretty? that's where we ride our bikes. the sunrise in north carolina. beautiful there, from chuck there, you see the clouds just leaving. they'll have another mild day today. close to high record temps. >> a little walk down memory lane with ginger zee this morning. thank you, ginger. >>> also this morning, an update of a big story that we told you yesterday. more now on the fisherman who caught what may be a record yellow fin tuna off the coast of san diego. take a look at this beast. >> that's right, the gigantic fish weighed 459 pounds and he landed it with rod and reel. maybe the biggest yellowfin tuna ever caught. he fought the fish for two hours and was stunned by his catch. >> i thought at first it was a shark. i was shocked. i was holding back. i couldn't believe it. >> the previous record of 425 pounds was set earlier this year. lot of big fish floating aro
labor. >> if is passed and signed into law, michigan would become the 24 right to work state, banning requirements that nonunion employes paid union for negotiating contracts and other services. >> california is not one of those 24 states. we saw wisconsin passed similar legislation with huge protests. there are huge protests going on in michigan will bring you live pictures when we come back. >> it is 7:15 a.m. now we want to go live to erica to get a look at the weather this tuesday morning. >> good morning darya. >> there's a more dense fog to day. we are taking it live outside to my favorite shot of the morning this is our mount tam cam it could see it showing the cloud cover in fog. >> is cold 37 for fairfield vallejo 38. and concord out conditions for san francisco and the coast. upper '40's in daly city 45 in oakland. off as we take a look at your afternoon highs will not warm up by much. we're talking upper 50s low 60s. cooler conditions compared to yesterday. futurecast 4 is highlighting changes in the forecast monterrey in area of low pressure a cold front that will drop dow
, university of michigan consumer confidence index. just a short time ago, this morning. it showed that consumer confidence plunged and in the first week of its month because americans don't know what to expect taxwise. that's a bad sign for retailers at the most important time of the year. the holidays. because guess what, if consumers aren't feeling confident, they are no going to spend. that domino effect that hit retailers, many of these retailers depend on the holiday sales to push them into a profit important the year. this is what's weighing out there in -- you know, for consumers, yes. fiscal cliff definitely weighing on things. despite the fact that the jobs number came in strong today. >> sure. uncertainty can hit us at all different levels. thank you. i just want to do one thing before we go to break. check the market again. i think as we went to alison, around 13.8. somewhere around there. we just jumped a point. how about that. we are not in exact real-time but pretty close. a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob ha
,000 for the average middle class family. >> one mom said to me in michigan, that's four months groceries. that's commuting back and forth to work in gas for up to three years. that's a lot of money. >> reporter: democrats want higher taxes on families earning $250,000 a year and over. republicans want tax rates to stay where they are. taxes seem to be the biggest obstacle to a compromise. but others want to see government spending put in check. >> the president is doing nothing about the addiction of his administration he has to spending. he is the "spender-in-chief." >> reporter: president obama says he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> the senate stands in recess. >> reporter: the senate reconvenes at 11 a.m. so as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013, they may wake up wishing it were 2012 when they had more money in their pockets. i'm andrew spencer reporting. >>> just to clarify, the mid into the deadline is 9:00 our time. if the deadline comes and goes
. >> if is not resolved by midnight tonight tax increases will be for all americans. >> one mom said to me in michigan that is four months' worth of groceries. >> that is gas for me back and forth to work. >> democrats won higher taxes on americans earning more than two of the $50,000 a year. >> republicans want taxes to stay where they are. >> others want to see government spending to inject. >> the president--has said nothing about the addition about the spending of his administration. >> president obama said he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> the senate reconvenes at 11:00 a.m.. as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013 they may wake up wishing it were 2012 when they had more money in their pocket-andrew spencer reporting. >> secretary of state hillary clinton was hospitalized with a blood clot. >> doctors say the same medical problem related to a concussion she recently suffered. >> a blood clot was found yesterday doing a follow-up medical visit. you remember
-to-work deal that michigan's republican legislature is set to pass calling it a right to make less money and says it doesn't have anything to do with economics but licks. >>shepard: does the fact that the two men who are the last two to meet on this matter, met together and did not come out bellyaching about the other side, is that positive or am i looking for a silver lining? >>reporter: it could be a sign of progress. there are signs from the people on capitol hill who have to vote on a deal. speaker boehner spokesman said the republican offer made last week remains the republican offer but on fox news sunday, tennessee senator corker suggested the republicans could get more leverage on entitlement cuts by giving the president the tax hikes he want. >> people are putting forth a theory and i think it has merit where you go ahead and give the president the 2 percent increase he is talking about, the rate increase on the top 2 percent, and suddenly the shift goes back to entitlements. >> when the two sides are beyond the fiscal cliff deadline they have to raise the debt ceiling which can
of the michigan gun coalition, i want to express sympathy to the victims of this tragedy. we passed a common sense change to create more safety. >> you ordered more guns didn't you? >> more licenses to go into more places. that is a little bit different. >> why do you not want to see the ban? given that they are military grade weapons they cause massive devastation. they can fire four to six bullets a second. they can fire 100 bullets in a minute. this shooter took enough bullets to wipe out the entire school and could have done. why do you want these on the streets of america? >> they are not going to go away anytime soon. there is no law that you can pass that would have stopped the bullet that would have been lodged in my hip. >> what do you say to the families in sandy hook? sorry. this is the worst by far for any of the countries in the world. yet your answer is more guns. >> i have had conversations with individuals who save lives with guns. in more than one of the folks who have come through my class have saved lives with guns. they have protected themselves and their loved ones. we look at
what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. >>> michigan is on track right now to pass the employee rights act. >>> hi wolf and kate. here in michigan, this is the heart of organized labor in america. it's the birthplace of the united autoworkers, but the future of unions is in question at this hour. the fight over labor unions in michigan is vocal and physical. thousands of protestors stormed the capital trying to stop the right to work bills. the measures were introduced and passed in a single day, rushed through, democrats argue, calling it a subversion of the legislative process. >> it terrifies me they're trying to pass it through so quickly with no discussion, no understanding of what's important in it. >> the measured would make it illegal for unions and employers to mandate employees joining a union or pay any money to a union. >> i don't view it as anti-union. >> i was told it was anti-worker saying it gives workers less of a choice, what do you say to that? >> that is back ward, this is about being proworker. >> governor schnider'
for michigan and the u.s. are expected to protest at the state's capital building today over a proposed right to work bill. this would prohibit consumers to pay more. governor rick snyder says he'll sign it. michigan will become the 24th u.s. right to work staid state. >>> and cnbc is taking to washington today as we send becky quick, larry kudlow and jim cramim cramer to the white . they'll be leading off with a special mission critical rise above d.c. report. it's part tax. read, becky? >> like you said, we are occupying washington. this is where we've camped out all night. there's been all this talk about the fiscal cliff. we know it is fact approaching. we know it is something that would threaten not only the united states economy, but the economies around the globe. if we go over that cliff, there will be steep cuts and spending and steep tax increases that would automatically kick in. what we're doing here today is talking to our elected officials, talking to people who are involved in these talks, trying to figure out what will happen, where we are and if there's any way to avoid that
missouri to michigan and i want you to look at the pictures with me. this is why you need to think twice about driving in this. should you be in the path of the storm, look at the car. bumper and bumper-to-bumper. this is kansas city not going anywhere right now. we have at least reports of at least one death. this is a chain collision crash near fort dodge e iowa. 30 vehicles and ten to 12 inches of blowing snow and near zero visibility. let me say it once more if you are in this neck of the woods, think twice about driving. look at that. we are not just talking snow either. heavy winds helped fuel a fire that torched this apartment complex and what may have been a tornado. flipping cars and damaging buildings in mobile, alabama. standing by with me and in chicago, you are at o'hare international airport. let me guess flight cancellations have begun. i'm not hearing ted. ted, we are going to work on your audio so stand by. let me go to you before we talk travel. tell us where exactly this massive blizzard is and how bad it is. >> the center or the core of this storm is situated over the
by june. >>> in our second story, michigan governor's could sign a controversial right to work bill by tuesday that allow workers to unionize companies to avoid paying dues. the critics would hurt union strength, but supporters say it will bring jobs to the state. democrats and union supporters are planning a massive rally at the state capital the same day. >>> in money news, holiday hiring may have given a big boost to the job report retailers hired more people in november than any other month. on record since 1939, according to the labor department. 146,000 jobs added to the economy last month and the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7%, partly because thousands of people have just stopped looking for work. >>> at number four, president obama asking congress for $60.4 billion in emergency aid for superstorm sandy recovery efforts. thatie request falls short of total damage estimates. they say they'll need closer to $82 billion to repair their states. >>> it's been more than 15 years since he was mysteriously gunned down, but the los angeles coroner's office has final
it kill himself last night. on tuesday, a right to work bell in michigan is expected to pass and what they're doing to try to derate. a liz i week of economic data we're told. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke as he kicks off a two day fed meeting and
science and engineering at the university of michigan, specialist in robotic exploration and space and team leader for the development for the fast imaging plasma spectrometer on messenger spacecraft. we certainly welcome you. dr. scott pages a director of the space policy institute -- page is a director of teh space he policy institute. from 2005 to 2008, associate administrator for program analysis and evaluator nasa. -- at nasa. we welcome you as well. as our witnesses should know, testimony is limited to 5 minutes, after which members of the committee will have five minutes each to ask questions. you are not just help to 5 minutes. your time is value. you took your time to prepare to come here. it took you years to be prepared to be asked to come here, and you are here. your time is very, very important. we will not hold you to the five minutes. just do your best. our committee protocol dictates we recommend bob walker as the first witness. he refers to many of the details in the report with his suggestion. the committee and now recognizes you for five minutes to present your t
dingell, democrat from michigan and he has been serving since 1955. previouslpreviousl y his father sanded -- served in the same congressional district until his father died in the sun ran and took his place. dingell is, used to be thought of as illiberal and no one thinks of him as a liberal and certainly the democrats don't because they marginalize him. and yet thank you has proven and i show it throughout the book that even with the democrats in the minority and even with him being removed from the pecking order power, they want to get things done. this why the guy knows how to pull strings on behalf of the district to get parts appropriated to get bills passed and he passed his pipeline safety bill which is essentially a regulation bill during the tea party congress. it's almost unheard of, but dingell is i think a dying breed. his philosophy is, you govern from the center. you begin writing a bill from the center which means you bring everybody on board, put them in a room and talk about what they like. it's not the way it works in today zero some policy where their idea now the rep
their official holiday card for 2012. number four, police in michigan released pepper spray to break up a prounion demonstration inside the state capitol. a judge had issued an order that said the protest was legal. computer software pioneer john mcafee hospitalized in guatemala hours after they arrested him. wanted for questioning about the murder of his neighbor in belouise. president obama called the egyptian president morsi expressing deep concern about all the violence there number one, secretary of defense leon panetta washed that intelligence shows the syrian regime is considering using its chemical weapons and that's "the fox report's" top five. on this day in 1884. workers put the finishing touches on a symbol of u.s. independence when construction crews installed an aluminum capstone at the top of the washington monument. 555 feet above the ground. it had been almost four decades since they laid the corner stone and more than a century since congress first approved a tribute to george washington. construction was stopped a number of times because of funding problems and then t
half of the country. it's snowy across michigan right now where most of the cold air is located. elsewhere we are seeing freezing rain in central and northern new england. rain moving through massachusetts right now, sprinkling in new york city. some heavier rain in southern ohio. the big story is the winter weather out through montana, through the dakotas and eventually spreading east into minnesota and eventually wisconsin later today. because of that we do have winter storm warnings and advisories all across the northern tier of the country, the northern rockies, back into idaho. we are going to see some of that snow continue to fall throughout the day. it doesn't look too bad now but we will see it intensify and also some isolated blizzard warnings across the northern rockies as well. once those winds pick up and visibility reduced. billings, montana, 25 degrees, 43 in chicago and northeast, even boston, we'll top out around 46 degrees today. while it is snowing across the northern rockies, no snow across the northeast. instead showery this morning. some improvements this af
then evil will suffice. horrific school killings happened in bath, michigan when a man used dynamite to kill 45. how many more children have to die before america mends gun laws. >> bringing fire arms in mexico is a huge crime. that's why you checked n. i am angry about the story. my wife and i cancelled a trip to mexico. if corporal hammer is not released before christmas, i think you will have company. the tip of the day, because of the coverage. do you believe that the factor christmas coverage is accurate or over flown. 25,000. and 91 say accurate. nipe
, michigan. i'm curious why you made phone of the california highway patrol director making $500,000 a year. does he not earn the money in your mind? folks can't afford to pay pluck employees that kind of money, ken, it's as simple as that john of verronna, new jersey. i'm a retired fire captain with $89,000 pension. have you demonized all public safety workers, bill. that's bull, john, you know it your pension sounds reasonable to me. but the state of california is totally out of control in their payments to public workers. that's why the state is tottering on bankruptcy. and that's hurting everybody in california. and finally tonight, the factor tip of the day the town that hates christmas. that would be great barrington, massachusetts nevada in the berkshire mountains. for years the pinheads who run that down have been discouraging people from putting out displays of christmas. this year, they are banning them on main stright allegedly because of a reconstruction project. that's bologna. we know what's going on up there. so here's the tip. if you like christmas, great barrington not the
middle class family. >> one mom said to me in michigan, that's four months groceries. that's commuting back and forth to work in gas for up to three years. i mean, that's a lot of money. >> reporter: democrats want higher taxes on families earning $250,000 a year and over. republicans want tax rates to stay where they are. taxes seem to be the biggest obstacle to a compromise but others want to see government spending put in check. >> the president is doing nothing about the addiction of his administration that he has to spending. he's the "spender-in-chief." >> reporter: president obama says he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> the senate is in recess. >> reporter: the senate reconvenes this morning so as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013, they may wake up wishing it were 2012 when they had more money in their pockets. i'm andrew spencer reporting. >>> and just to clarify, that midnight deadline is 9 p.m. pacific time. you can keep track of the
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